Corona Familiar
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #92
Ranked #48,368
2.98 | pDev: 23.49%
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

2.24/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears golden yellow with a white foamy head that dropped quickly with no lacing.
Smells lightly bready, floral.
Taste not much, more flavor than a Corona, but pretty much follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall, a little better than a Corona.

May 11, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

This beer pours a brilliant pale yellow color. It is topped with a small off white head that leaves a little lacing.

I smell some faint grain. Not a lot of aroma. I get a little grassy smell.

The taste has grain flavor. There is a little sweetness through the middle. The finish tastes like steeped cereal.

Thin bodied with a smooth mouthfeel


May 06, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

2.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, corn and malt. Sweet corn, toffee and caramel taste with a mild bitterness.

May 05, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.49/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a slightly more robust corona to me, sans the clear bottle which is nice, and something quite drinkable still, when ice cold, i reckon i prefer it to the original, sure its just another international lager, but it feels like a vacation and tastes a little less cheap than the more popular edition, to me a superior lager, although you still cant really taste any lager yeast or anything in here. its basic beer, brightly carbonated though, some minerals evident, and without the light chemical thing i get in the corona extra, no clear bottle character either. i can actually taste some grain in here too, the only beer element thats there specifically, but there is still somehow some balance to this, and it sure drinks down easy when its nice and cold, man this hit the mark today with some pretzels, mustard, and smoked cheese after a long week. i surprised myself buying this, but im stoked to hammer through the rest of the sixer. a noticeably more flavorful beer than its counterpart, and quite affordable. for a mindless refreshing slammer better than budget cans, this is it!

Apr 24, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, compare this to a German pilsner, you will notice the "familiar" similarity. Get yourself a Warsteiner and compare.

Years ago, in the mid 70s while in college, we went to Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) Mexico. Corona had a beer then called Corona de Baril, Corona in Barrel. this was a barrel shaped bottle with a recessed feature in the bottom, that would allow you to get a fresh bottle, place the cap under the empty bottle, and use it to twist off the cap. Can't say I remember what the taste was really like.

Apr 04, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a 12oz bottle of this in light of the Corona Virus, and encouragment from others to buy and support Corona due to a decline in sales thanks to this pandemic. It pours a yellow gold color, just a hint dark than Corona lite or Corona Extra and had a foamy white color 1 finger head upon pour that dissipated. Good amount of carbonation. Aromas of sweet corn, and malt followed by a slight hint of roast character which is mimiced in the taste. This particular offering from corona doesn't have any skunk taste. (Maybe due to the brown bottle?) And surprisingly it has a higher ABV (4.8%) than Corona Lite Or Corona Extra, and seems more subtle, and has a better flavor and smooth clean tasting finish than both. This Being a Groupo Modelo product, you can tase the similarities between a Corona and a Modelo, which in my opinion is another good Mexican Import/American Adjunct.

Apr 01, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mexicans will agree with you that this is the best beer by Corona. Also, it's staggering the amount of people who think this beer is related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how much their sales and stocks have suffered in correlation between that scare and the rise a hard seltzer. Anyways... it's a good beer. I like to get a few quarts and just chill out.

Stay thirsty my friends

Mar 03, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First experience with this beer was going over into Tijuana in the 90s. Was back when it was 6%. I guess they brought it to the states chilled it out alcohol wise, and maybe in other departments as well.

Pours a slightly darker yellow/gold than I'm used to seeing with Corona Extra or Light. Same bullshit head on it that pops up and fizzles out right before your eyes. Has the smell of corn tortillas, I can dig on that brother.

Taste is largely the same with a hint more grain/corn wise than the others. No hop character. Carbonation heft and a backend of corn cardboard. Is it drinkable? Sure. Is there anything here desireable? Not really. I dunno if I'm just romanticizing the past, but these don't seem to go with questionable meat tacos as good as they did in the past.
Still better than all the other Corona family though. Ima give it that usual, well June-August, I'd rather drink this than Dark Lord in 100 degree weather soft let me down easy kind of recommendation.

Feb 24, 2020
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kojevergas from Colorado

1.8/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I'm sure I've written notes on this beer already, but I guess I haven't typed them up and uploaded them yet.

I nabbed a bottle of this from a gas station on Mardi Gras weekend in New Orleans (one of the only occasions I could see myself realistically buying this). 32 fl oz brown glass pry-off crown cap ran $3.29 USD.

Tastes stale. 6-row and corn adjunct dominate, with stale malt syrup/extract filling it out. Unrefreshing, too thick, a bit syrupy, smooth, wet, overcarbonated, too full-bodied for its lack of flavour.

A rather poor brew to be sure. I had thought this was just Corona bottled in a large "family size" format, but apparently it's a different beer? I doubt I'd be able to tell much difference in a blind taste test.

Drinkable for all its faults.


Feb 24, 2020
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From probably very old paper notes: No obvious date. AJ240078 stamped on neck. 1qt (32fl oz) bottle poured into Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Clear gold body. Pours four finger loose white head with decent to good retention. Low stick with patchy lacing. 4

Smell - Corn. Honey malt. Paint thinner. 3.5

Taste - Honey. Stale. Noticeably sweeter than the clear bottle variety. Slight bitterness. Body seems more round than the clear bottle variety. 4

Mouthfeel - Light body. Somewhat effervescent. A bit astringent at times.

Overall - Despite what some people say about this being the exact same beer as Corona Extra in clear bottles, this has a taste like no Corona Extra I've had. Perhaps that is evidence of the effectiveness of dark bottles reducing or eliminating sun-struck skunkiness? 4

Feb 14, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A decent overall lager, imported or otherwise. A lower ABV than high gravity lagers, but lacks the sweet taste of the added dextrose. Smooth and satisfying. I recommend.

Jan 18, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. "Corona Familiar"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle coded "I078A059 04:35"
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I have in front of me a glass of Corona Extra and a glass of Corona Familiar. They both have the same clear golden body beneath an inch of bright white foam. The Corona Extra is skunked but the Familiar isn't. There's not a lot of aroma to it though, just some mildly grainy and adjunct-like malt. The flavor is sweetish and a little fruity. The Corona Extra is sweetish as well, but more refined, and although there's some adjunct noticeable there it's not nearly as clear as it is in the Familiar. I think there's also more bitterness to the Corona Extra. The Familiar lingers in the finish with some residual sugar. So what do we have so far? The Familiar smells better because it's not skunked, but the Extra tastes better. The mouthfeel is a little bit different between the two as well. The Familiar has bigger bubbles, and perhaps a slightly higher carbonation, while the Extra is a bit more refined. It even seems that the Extra is a touch lighter in body. I'd call it medium-light while the Familiar is more medium. Interestingly enough, neither bottle has an alcohol content listed on it. I looked it up and the Familiar is 4.8% ABV while the Extra is a touch lower at 4.6%. Looking back, the Extra has left better lacing behind, although I'm not exactly sure how clean this glass is. In the end though, the Corona Extra is the superior beer.
Review #6,868

Dec 28, 2019
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huthuty from Utah

2.27/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Standard lager color, small head
Aroma is doughy and corny with a tiny bit of either skunk or hops can't tell
Taste is fine, expectable Corona skunkiness, barely noticeable hops, some vinegary element reminiscent of high life, I can get crafts for the price though, would drink this regularly if it was dirt cheap but for the price it's insulting, I wouldn't pretend to notice a difference between this and regular Corona unless I did a side by side comparison other than less skunky due to a lack of those utterly r******* clear bottles

Nov 27, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Bright gold. Three fingers of foamy white head with average retention.

Smell: Corny, slightly sour adjunct malt. Mild skunkiness despite being in a brown bottle! This is a consistent problem with Corona because of their clear glass bottles, but skunk in a brown bottle indicates deeper problems.

Taste: Adjunct malt, slightly bready. No hops whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full body for the style, with high carbonation.

Overall: What's supposed to be the difference from regular Corona again?

Nov 20, 2019
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WYeates from North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a light head with a yellowish color. It has a light hoppy taste with a wet finish. Unforunately this beer isn't as cool as Vampire Familiar's. This tastes like a mass produced product that was made without care for taste or any detail.

I wouldn't drink again unless it's free at a function or party.

Oct 27, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

2.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had to try it. Repackaging. Got a quart in hand. Looks to be adjunct. Smells to be adjunct. Muy familiar. Corn is prevalent. Pours to a bright yellow. No head at all. Taste is corn malt with slight bitters fading to a weak finish. Yes it is muy familiar.

Oct 09, 2019
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joe12pk from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For Mexican beers, I haven't found any that beats Modelo Negra. Corona Familiar, however, is a great 2nd choice. It's maltier and hoppier than Corona Extra, finishes dry and very refreshing. I've only seen it in quarts but usually pick one up if I see one. Get one quick- I've heard that Modelo may be pulling this soon. Cheers!

Oct 06, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a strong white head. SRM of 8. (4.00)

Aroma: Aromas of corn, popcorn, cereal and some lemon and bread. (3.75)

Flavor: Strong flavors of soda and seltzer upfront. Some yeast. Then it evolves into a flavorful buttery popcorn note. Faint German spice and twang of grass. As it warms it turns into a classic German corn, grassy, and malty flavor. Strong corn and German qualities. Very prominent. Finishes dry, and seltzery. (4.00)

Feel: A medium body. Great carbonation. Leaves a somewhat soapy and seltzer feeling on the palate (4.00)

Overall: This is a pretty good adjunct lager for what it's worth. Strong flavor profile, yet not too sweet. Much more flavorful than the original Corona, and the dark bottle-conditioning prevents the traditional Corona skunk and allows the flavors to come through. A well-represented beer. (Final Rating: 3.84)

Sep 29, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(12 oz brown bottle, code 1078A059 (?); purchased single off shelf... poured into simple mug)

L: crystal-clear, pale yellow-gold liquid; white, spongy foam falls apart from the get-go, but it does keep a thin, sticky collar for a bit; very little lace

S: fair amount of pale malt presenting, with a little lightly-toasted corn tortilla coloring it; bit of a bubblegum undertone... light-moderate overall intensity

T: ok... this has a nice rush of (malt liquor-y) malt upon first sip; definitely a fuller flavor that the Extra... peculiar, but not off-putting, mildly-bitter, herbal note in the finish, and it lingers, smeared upon a soft malt sweetness - initial impression was that of a Dr. Pepper(?) or some other kind of cola... definitely a subtle grassy shade and toasty edge to it

F: bit of a glassy roundness up front, though the carbonation sizzles it out on the sides, washing it through... delicate gummy residual film, has a subtle stickiness

O: it's basically their version of a malt liquor, or it more so resembles a Euro pale - haven't decided which... kind of stands on its own, no need for a lime to cover up anything... now, I won't hesitate to buy a big'un bottle of this, in a pinch (1453)

Aug 21, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: corn sweetness;

T: doughy, light grain, and corn; a little sweet all the way through; more sweet than bitter on the finish;

M: light bodied; effercescent carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking; more interesting than many other AALs;

Aug 16, 2019
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Retroman40 from Florida

2.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Got this in a mixed 12 pack as a gift. Golden color, thin white head with almost no persistence. Smells of grain and corn with little hop note. Taste follows. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery. Overall pretty much what to expect in a Mexican AAL. Nothing special but ok after working outside on a typical late June Florida day.

Jun 19, 2019
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wl2bill from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Better than Corona Extra, more flavor and body. Still not my favorite Mexican style beer. There is just something missing I can't put my finger on. This is not a bad beer just lacking a little.

May 16, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.09/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 32 oz bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades super fast to leave almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is a little heavier than a corona extra with a stronger caramel and slightly grainy smell. Along with these aromas comes some light lime and a little corn and a hint of harvest fruit.
Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a grainy taste mixed with some caramel and corn tastes. There is a light lime taste as well as a little bit of a herbal hop flavor that gets just a hint stronger as the taste advances. In the end a little bit of grass and hay come to the tongue to leave one with a grainy and slightly sweeter corn and caramel taste.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. For the mix of flavors the feel is nice and makes for an easy sipping brew.
Overall – I like this a little bit better then the corona extra. It has a little more of a caramel and malty body, which creates a slightly more robust and balanced brew overall.

May 11, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Another member of the Corona family that I don't much care for. Off pure taste, I like it better than the original or light, kinda sweet and smooth. If you must have a Mexican beer from this group, drink the Modelo's

May 06, 2019
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly clear, semi-dark yellow body with a fleeting layer of white suds.

Smell: A light cereal sweetness, a touch of corn and a sprinkling of grain husks.

Taste: Sweetish taste, again, a bit of cereal, a bit of corn and a dull, light grainy doughiness underneath. Modestly hopped, though it still wraps up with some light, lasting sweetness on the tongue along with that initial grainy element.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation, a bit fizzy.

Overall: Kinda blows, though it's mostly harmless. However, were one in the market for Mexican lagers, I'd still opt for Bohemia or Negro Modelo or Modelo Especial over this.

Mar 16, 2019
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Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 139 ratings